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How to control a hyperactive dog

Updated on July 7, 2012

A hyperactive puppy can be a real handful - and make you want to return the little one to the pet store or breeder straightaway. An energetic puppy or dog, though,can be contained in a variety of ways.

I soon discovered after purchasing my West Highland Terrier puppy, Cloudy, that I had gotten more than I bargained for. She was scratching at the sides of the store even before I brought her home and seemed to gambol about more than any other dog. She bit things with abandon and had a penchant for toilet paper - reams of it. I came home everyday to a messy home, all thanks to Cloudy.

Necessity is the mother of invention, and I soon learned ways to control this active little fellow. One way was to check the energy that I was projecting. Dogs, just like humans, can get vibes - so the more negative your energy, the more negatively your dog behaves. When you lash out in anger, your dog feels it and will react by behaving even more actively. When you project an aura of calmness, that too affects your dog - and you’ll be surprised at how quickly it can settle down.

Playing games with your dog is also a great way for it to release its energy.Cloudy loves playing tug of war. So I usually use her favorite soft toy to start a game of t with her. This can keep her occupied for a good length of time and distract her from other preoccupations - like biting on my slippers, for instance.

Another way of stemming hyperactivity is to introduce your energetic little pooch to other dogs. I bring Cloudy for dog runs regularly and she absolutely enjoys getting to know other canine friends. She also enjoys playing with my other dog, Misty, and the company serves to occupy this bubbly, social little animal.

How about giving your hyperactive little dog something to do? It is a source for her to release that pent up energy. I trained Cloudy to bring letters to me (but she tore up quite a few at first, of course. ) She is quite adept at it now though and finds it fun to carry the mail around. I have additional help around the house too!

Going for a run with your frisky little dog is a great way for both you and he to exercise. It releases the boundless energy. When I go for a run with Cloudy,she often urges me to go faster - and I become more exhausted than her! She comes home, has a great nap afterwards, and is one happy little soul.

So try not to give up on your hyperactive little dog - it needs a home too. Give it a chance, find sources to release its energy, and it will soon become your best friend.


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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hope it does, Sharkeye!! Let her know, and perhaps she can use these!! Say hi to your mum and her little one!!

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      Jayme Kinsey 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Interesting hub. These are good tips that I will have to pass onto my mother, who recently adopted a terrier?pug cross that is incredibly hyper and "bitey". No matter how calm the room is she is always jumping up on people and chewing on their hands. Maybe your hub can help her!

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      Dragonrain 5 years ago

      Good hub! I have a very very hyper Papillon. We've had him 3 years now, so I've learned how to deal with him pretty well, but it was very overwhelming when we first got him. I make sure he gets plenty of exercise every day, he has lots of toys to play with inside the house, and I give him things to chew which keeps him busy and keeps his teeth nice and clean.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hey, mine too! Guess we should introduce our Westies to each other!

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      peanutroaster 5 years ago from New England

      I have a hyper Westie puppy (two years old) and I found that I needed to give him lots exercise. Also I used lots of challenging toys that held hidden treats to keep his mind occupied. Westies are very intelligent, love to play and will tell you what they want with a variety of sounds and a paw scratching at your arm. My dog goes crazy after chipmunks or the scent of a squirrel. He loves people but other dogs can sometimes be a problem because he wants to jump at them and play.